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CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 01: A general view of people queuing and buying alcohol at Delft Mall on Day 66 of the National Lockdown on June 01, 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa. It is reported that liquor sales will be permitted under Level 3 regulations from 1 June. However, liquor would be allowed to be sold for home consumption only under strict conditions, on specified days and for limited hours.

South Africans Panic Over Alleged Reinstatement of Alcohol Ban

The South African government has declared that there are no plans to reintroduce a ban on alcohol.

The need to calm the masses came as rumours began to circulate on social media stating that the government was planning on locking up liquor stores once again. This panic influenced shoppers to once again flock the retail stores and stock up, however, there was no official word of the second wave of a country-wide ban. Presidency spokesperson, Khusela Diko, spoke to TimesLive saying, "No such calls have been tabled before the National Coronavirus Command Council at this point."


The sale and purchase of alcohol was originally banned in South Africa in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fears resurfaced as governing bodies expressed worry about how citizens would behave once alcohol was reintroduced into their lives and how often alcohol related hospitalization would occur.

The Portfolio Committee on Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities voiced their concerns regarding the ban on alcohol being lifted with Businesstech.

In an Committee chairperson Nonhlanhla Ncube-Ndaba said of the matter, "According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), alcohol is known to be harmful to health in general and is understood to increase the risk of injury and violence, including intimate partner violence and can cause alcohol poisoning."

While the original ban had advantageous results on the public healthcare system, as of right now the drinks can keep flowing.

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Six Things History Will Remember Kenneth Kaunda For

News of Kenneth David Kaunda's passing, at age 97, has reverberated across the globe. Kaunda, affectionately known as KK, was Zambia's first President from 1964 to 1991.

Following Nelson Mandela's passing in December 2013, Kenneth Kaunda became Africa's last standing hero. Now with his passing on Thursday, June 17 — after being admitted to the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka earlier in the week — this signals the end of Africa's liberation history chapter.

It is tempting to make saints out of the departed. The former Zambian struggle hero did many great things. He was, after all, one of the giants of the continent's struggle against colonialism. Ultimately however, he was a human being. And as with all humans, he lived a complicated and colourful life.

Here are six facts you might not have known about him.

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